Renowned Irish artist NIYL (formerly known as Nile St. James), marks his return under a brand new artist moniker, and celebrates this relaunch with his debut single ‘The Heretic’ – set for release January 28th 2022.
Previously known for his soul-funk singer-songwriter based music, NIYL makes his return with a new sound, new look and fresh approach to his craft. A familiar face on the live circuit, he’s opened for the likes of Gavin James, Hermitage Green, and Wyvern Lingo, as well as appearing on stage with Dermot Kennedy and the RTE Concert Orchestra, Rufus Wainwright and an iconic live performance as lead vocalist with National Geographic Live in Concert ‘Symphony for our World’.
Hailing from Limerick, this is an artist who mixes a unique blend of soulful vocals and lush, ethereal instrumentation to deliver a powerful, cinematic-like catalogue of original works.
A lyricist who draws inspiration from the landscapes of the Wild Atlantic Way, NIYL writes as a means of catharsis, channelling emotions through word and song, calling on elements of nature to be pillars for each work, inspired by the greats before him like Wilde and Yeats.
No stranger to media, his previous work has been championed across Hot Press, Spin 1038, GCN, Joe.ie, Limerick Leader, IMRO, and more, and has developed a loyal following through appearances at the likes of Ruby Sessions, Doolin Folk Fest, Live on Air and Go Tobann.
Self-described as ‘atmo-soul’ NIYL positions vocals and lyrics at the forefront of his craft, with rich strings illuminating the stand-out lead vocal, supported by a cacophony of harmonies that leaves a lasting impression long after listening. ‘The Heretic’ is set to be the first release from a string of planned releases, and is the relaunch of this chamber-pop artist. His artful dramatic ballads, drawing from alt-pop, indie & classical genres, adding a fresh sound to the Irish music industry landscape, and a welcome contemporary breath of fresh air.
A previous finalist in Christie Hennessy’s Song of the Year Competition with IMRO, this artist is not only a memorable performer, but a talented songwriter and collaborator, who’s also seen great heights including winning a trip via Today FM to Norway to collaborate with Gavin James, being invited by Hot Press to be a part of their #MorningGlory25 Series, and joining Hermitage Green on stage for a special Tribute to The Cranberries in King Johns Castle, Limerick.
What NIYL has to say about the single :
“The song dances between moments of vulnerability and resentment. We have all been through situations where the lover and the fool are the same and the journey of this song is to show that we are not alone in this struggle. We have all strived to fully remove ourselves from a toxic situation and start anew. We have resented the time wasted but as time moves, so too does the healing.”
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